If you’re noticing black streaks or “tiger stripes” on your gutters, it’s likely due to oxidation. It can not only be unsightly, but it can also weaken the structure of your gutters and cause them to fail.
According to J Racenstein “those ugly black stains on gutters are the result of a chemical reaction between the asphalt in roof shingles and the anodized aluminum in gutters. The black streaks are caused by an electrostatic bond that must be broken in order to remove the stain, very similar to the way that road film sticks to vehicles.”
While it’s possible to clean oxidation off of gutters yourself, it can be a time-consuming and challenging task. To properly remove the oxidation and “tiger stripes,” you’ll need to use a combination of elbow grease, the right cleaning solution, and specialized equipment.
One effective cleaning option is to use a commercial gutter cleaner such as Gutter Butter or Gutter Wash which are both specifically designed to remove the oxidation. These products can be effective at removing oxidation, but it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use caution when handling them. Most gutter cleaners require the gutters to be pre-wet, then apply the solution on the gutter, wipe down the entire gutter with a towel or soft brush and then rinsed with fresh water.
When applying the either solution it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s dilutions rations. If the solution is not diluted properly the paint on the gutters can start to come off while wiping them down. Also, its important that the chemical doesn’t dry on any surface to avoid damage.
If you’re not comfortable cleaning your gutters yourself or if you don’t have the time, consider hiring a professional gutter cleaning company like House Glow. We have the experience, equipment, and cleaning solutions needed to effectively remove oxidation and “tiger stripes” from your gutters. We also take safety precautions to protect your property and our team members while we work.
By regularly cleaning and maintaining your gutters, you can keep them in good repair and extend their lifespan. Don’t let oxidation and “tiger stripes” ruin the appearance and functionality of your gutters. Contact us to learn more about our gutter cleaning services and schedule a cleaning for your home or business.